Thursday, November 1, 2012

Man who allegedly fled motorcycle club incident charged with federal firearms violation

U.S. Department of Justice

A man who led police on a car chase when he allegedly fled from an incident at the Egyptian Cobras Motorcycle Club has been charged with a federal firearms violation, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Casey A. Ellis, 25, Kansas City, Mo., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 11, 2012, in Kansas City, Kan.

Ellis initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Oct. 4 in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

According to an agent’s affidavit, about 3 a.m. Aug. 11, 2012, the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at 1359 Roswell, which is a clubhouse belonging to the Egyptian Cobras Motorcycle Club.

Several people had been shot, including two who were killed.

When officers arrived they saw a man wearing a white t-shirt covered in blood. He was armed with a silver handgun and he was standing over a person who was lying on the ground.

When officers ordered him to drop the gun, he took off running. They chased him on foot until he got into a red Toyota Celica and drove away.

Police followed the Toyota to mile marker 10.4 on northbound Interstate 635, where the car became disabled. They arrested Ellis at the scene.

Investigators learned that Ellis had arrived at a party at the Egyptian Cobras Motorcycle Club armed with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol. He hid the gun outside the clubhouse before going in because he knew he would be searched before entering.

When he heard gunshots outside the clubhouse, he went outside and found his aunt lying on the ground with bullet wounds.

He retrieved his gun and was holding it when officers spotted him. At the time he was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of a prior felony conviction.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble is prosecuting.